"Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist are the sacraments that constitutes the very identity of the Christian who is fashioned and fed by them. For the lay faithful, acquiring a full grasp of their meaning and significance therefore means understanding the very essence of their lives, their vocation, and their mission.The Eucharist is the fullness of the Christian life. It is the summit of the path that we have to take in order to be incorporated into Christ and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, making us capable of confessing the faith: the Eucharist places us face-to-face with the 'scandal' of the Incarnation.
The papers published here examine the Eucharist form different and complementary points of view, beginning with my own contribution that sets out to show that it is only by recovering both the ritual and theological dimensions of the sacraments of Christian initiation, that parishes can acquire a language that is capable of reaching the hearts of today's disciples of Jesus, strengthening their identity which is being increasingly threatened by the current process of secularisation.
We trust tha thte ideas offered in this book will stimulate the reader to take ag reater interest in acquiring a better and more complete understanding of the significance of the Eucharist in the Christian's life."
From the foreword, James Francis Card. Stafford, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Rediscovering the Eucharist, Proceedings of the 20th Plenary Assembly, 21-23 November 2002 (€6). Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2005.